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January 18, 2017 - FBI Public Service Announcement College Student Employment Scam

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August 26, 2016 - Theft From Vehicles

In the past week several West Haven neighborhoods near the University of New Haven campus have experienced overnight thefts from vehicles. In one incident West Haven Police did make arrests. To date no thefts have occurred on campus.

However, as students and staff return to campus, especially resident students with vehicles, we want to remind you all to close your windows, lock your cars doors and do not leave valuables in your cars.

University of New Haven Police Department will be making additional patrols of our parking lots and surrounding streets. As always please report suspicious activity to police immediately.

July 28, 2016 - Bicycle Theft / Attempt on Campus

In the past week we have experienced and attempted bicycle theft at Forest Hills and a successful theft of an unlocked bike from Beckerman Center area.
We are asking the campus community to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity on campus, especially in areas where bicycles are kept.  Any member of the campus community who has a bicycle on campus is reminded to use a strong lock, keep a written record of the make, model, color and serial number of your bicycle, and keep a photograph of it on your cell phone camera or some other readily available location.

November 25, 2015- Holiday Safety Tips

As we change from Daylight Savings Time to Eastern Standard Time and enter the holiday season, many cities in the northeast see an increase in convenience store robberies and street robberies as criminals take advantage of the early darkness. The greater New Haven/West Haven area is not immune from this activity. As such, for your personal protection and awareness we recommend the following when traveling on foot around the campus and off campus:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times, do not appear distracted by wearing headphones, ear buds or texting/talking on your cell phone
  • Whenever possible walk in a group
  • Use lighted, well-marked and traveled pathways
  • Use campus transportation services
  • Download the EmergenSee phone app on your device
  • Know the location of the nearest blue phone
  • Do not carry or display large amounts of cash or jewelry
  • Report suspicious activity right away, do not hesitate to call police
  • If you see something, say something

September 25, 2015- College Students Targeting in Phone Scam

The FBI Milwaukee Division is warning consumers to be on alert for a phone scam that primarily targets college students using the FBI's phone number on caller ID. The FBI has received multiple calls from college students at various universities in Wisconsin, and their parents complaining of a phone scam from someone claiming to be representing the U.S. government, and threatens to arrest them if they fail to pay thousands of dollars. In each case, the threats are associated with false claims ranging from money owed for student loans, to delinquent taxes, and overdue parking tickets. 

During each attempt to gain personally identifiable information from the students, the caller claims to have specific student information. The originating number used by the fraudsters, which appears on students' caller ID is masked as the number for the FBI's local office in Wisconsin.

The public is reminded; the FBI does not call private citizens requesting money. If citizens receive a call that seems suspicious, they should disconnect immediately and notify law enforcement. 

If you receive these calls, do not follow the caller's instructions. Rather, you should:

  • Notify your banking institutions.
  • Contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file.
  • Contact your local law enforcement agencies if you feel you are in immediate danger.
  • File a complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center www.IC3.gov

September 17, 2015- Unauthorized Solicitor on Campus

On September 16 and 17, 2015, University of New Haven Police Department received reports of a young male entering classrooms and requesting to make a brief announcement about student activities. The male then offered to sell tickets to a comedy club in New York. Several students have purchased these tickets, some using credit cards.

On September 17th the male was located by University of New Haven Police Department in a classroom. This person was not authorized by the University to solicit on campus. The subject was positively identified and the company he represented appears legitimate. However, we cannot guarantee that the tickets sold are valid or that those whose credit cards were scanned by this individual are secure.

Please be advised:

  • Anyone whose credit card was scanned by this individual should closely monitor their bills for signs of fraudulent purchases
  • No salesperson would ever be authorized by the University to interrupt or enter a class in session
  • Generally, authorized vendors are limited to the Student Center or other regular student activity location
  • If you are suspicious of a salesperson on campus, please contact University Police immediately

September 1, 2015- Safety Awareness

On September 1, 2015 at approximately 12:30am, three University of New Haven students were the victims of an armed robbery on Elm Street in NEW HAVEN. Fortunately, no one was injured and due to excellent work by the New Haven Police Department 3 suspects were quickly arrested and illegal weapons and the stolen property recovered. The University of New Haven students are residents of New Haven.

This incident serves as a reminder to students and staff that we all need to have a heightened sense of safety awareness:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times, do not appear distracted by wearing headphones, ear buds or texting/talking on your cell phone.
  • Whenever possible walk in a group.
    Use lighted, well-marked and traveled pathways.
  • Use campus transportation services.
    Download EmergenSeeU smart phone App.
  • Know the location of the nearest Blue Phone.
  • Do not display a large amount of cash or jewelry.
  • Report suspicious activity right away, do not hesitate to call police.
  • Review the online Stay Safe on Campus 360 program available on Inside the University of New Haven.
  • IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING.

May 15, 2015 - Student Safety

There are only a couple of days left before the Summer break, but there are still a lot of activities taking place on and off campus, and students are reminded to use good judgment and to exercise caution when patronizing any clubs or local bars, especially during the late evening hours.

The following Security Bulletin has been previously sent out, primarily geared toward the “club” environment, but the same precautions are applicable to any late night venue.

  • Go to clubs that you are familiar with and are primarily geared towards college students
  • Avoid clubs outside the college district
  • Watch the doorman/security personnel and make sure they are carefully screening patrons prior to entry
  • If you see tension or arguing beginning between people either inside the club or outside on the streets leave the area
  • If you notice a change in patrons at a club from college students to others, be wary and consider going somewhere else
  • Many clubs throughout Connecticut are experiencing problems when large groups from different cities show up and can’t get along with each other
  • If you notice groups of patrons wearing similar clothing/colors that is not recognizable as local college gear, acknowledging each other with the same handshake or hand sign greeting, or yelling certain phrases, leave immediately
  • At the end of the night, leave the area with your group of friends and go directly to your mode of transportation home (shuttle stop, cab, vehicle etc.)
  • TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!  If you sense something is wrong, you are probably correct

Additional on and off campus safety information can be found on our online Stay Safe on Campus 360 program available through the myCharger student portal.

January 16, 2015 - FBI Public Service Announcements concerning university cyber scams

The FBI has released the attached bulletins on Cyber Scams targeting College and University Students and Employees. 

Additional information on cyber scams or if you believe you have been a victim of a cyber- scam and wish to report it can be found at: 

http://www.ic3.gov


CYBER-RELATED SCAMS TARGETING UNIVERSITIES, EMPLOYEES, AND STUDENTS
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is aware of multiple scams targeting universities, university employees, and students across the nation. The scams range from Internet fraud to intrusions. The following are common scenarios:

Spear phishing e-mails are being sent to university employees that appear to be from their employer. The e-mail contains a link and claims some type of issue has risen requiring them to enter their log-in credentials. Once employees provide their user name and password, the perpetrator accesses the university's computer system to redirect the employees' payroll allocation to another bank account. The university employees' payroll allocations are being deposited into students' accounts. These students were hired through online advertisements for work-at-home jobs, and provided their bank account information to the perpetrators to receive payment for the work they performed.

Scammers are posting online advertisements soliciting college students for administrative positions in which they would receive checks via the mail or e-mail. Students are directed to deposit the checks into their accounts, and then print checks and/or wire money to an individual. Students are never asked to provide their bank account information to the perpetrators.

Perpetrators are compromising students' credential resulting in the rerouting of their reimbursement money to other bank accounts. The reimbursement money is from student loans and used to pay tuition, books, and living expenses.

Perpetrators are obtaining professors' Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and using it to file fraudulent income tax returns.
Some universities have been victims of intrusions, resulting in the perpetrators being able to access university databases containing information on their employees and students.

If you have been a victim of one of these scams or any other Internet related scam, we encourage you to file a complaint with the IC3 at www.ic3.gov and notify your university police.


CYBER-RELATED SCAMS TARGETING UNIVERSITIES, EMPLOYEES, AND STUDENTS
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is aware of multiple scams targeting universities, university employees, and students across the nation. The scams range from Internet fraud to intrusions. The following are common scenarios:

Spear phishing e-mails are being sent to university employees that appear to be from their employer. The e-mail contains a link and claims some type of issue has risen requiring them to enter their log-in credentials. Once employees provide their user name and password, the perpetrator accesses the university's computer system to redirect the employees' payroll allocation to another bank account. The university employees' payroll allocations are being deposited into students' accounts. These students were hired through online advertisements for work-at-home jobs, and provided their bank account information to the perpetrators to receive payment for the work they performed.

Scammers are posting online advertisements soliciting college students for administrative positions in which they would receive checks via the mail or e-mail. Students are directed to deposit the checks into their accounts, and then print checks and/or wire money to an individual. Students are never asked to provide their bank account information to the perpetrators.

Perpetrators are compromising students' credential resulting in the rerouting of their reimbursement money to other bank accounts. The reimbursement money is from student loans and used to pay tuition, books, and living expenses.

Perpetrators are obtaining professors' Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and using it to file fraudulent income tax returns.
Some universities have been victims of intrusions, resulting in the perpetrators being able to access university databases containing information on their employees and students.

If you have been a victim of one of these scams or any other Internet related scam, we encourage you to file a complaint with the IC3 at www.ic3.gov and notify your university police.

Oct. 28, 2014 - Suspicious Activity (Voyeurism) on Campus

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Nov. 13, 2013 - Downtown New Haven Night Clubs

So far this year the New Haven Police Department has determined that more than half the homicides in that City have occurred in, near or as a result of an incident at a Night Club. We understand that these clubs are popular with our students and want you to be safe. We recommend the following: 

  • If you notice a change in patrons at a club from college students to others, be wary and consider going somewhere elseGo to clubs that you are familiar with and are primarily geared towards college students
  • Avoid clubs outside the college district
  • Watch the doorman/security personnel and make sure they are carefully screening patrons prior to entry
  • If you see tension or arguing beginning between people either inside the club or outside on the streets leave the area
  • Many clubs throughout Connecticut are experiencing problems when large groups from different cities show up and can’t get along with each other. 
  • If you notice groups of patrons wearing similar clothing/colors that is not recognizable as local college gear, acknowledging each other with the same handshake or hand sign greeting, or yelling certain phrases, leave immediately
  • At the end of the night, leave the area with your group of friends and go directly to your mode of transportation home (shuttle stop, cab, vehicle etc.)
  • TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!  If you sense something is wrong, you are probably correct

Safety & Crime Prevention Tips

TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!
If you THINK there is something wrong, there is probably something wrong.

DO NOT PROP DOORS OPEN!
This compromises the security of the entire building.

LOCK YOUR DOOR, AND PROTECT YOUR KEY!
Even when leaving for only a few minutes, lock your door, and take your key. Never hide or lend keys. Always lock your door when you or your roommates are sleeping. Do not attach your ID card to your keys.

DO NOT ALLOW STRANGERS INTO YOUR ROOM!
Find out who is at your door before you open it. University of New Haven employees carry identification -- don't be afraid to ask for it. Beware of solicitors! They are not allowed in residence halls and should be immediately reported to the University of New Haven Police Department at 203-932-7070.

AVOID RISKY BEHAVIOR!
Remember that alcohol impairs your judgment. THINK before you drink, and consider the risks BEFORE you act. The decisions you make NOW can have a significant impact on your safety and on your future.

BE ALERT TO WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND YOU!
Be aware of your surroundings, and walk confidently and with determination. Avoid shortcuts in isolated areas, and walk in groups at night.

BE AWARE OF YOUR RIGHTS IN SOCIAL AND SEXUAL SITUATIONS!
Be willing to say No! if a situation becomes uncomfortable. NO MEANS NO! Unwanted physical contact is a crime! Report it immediately to the University of New Haven Police Department (203-932-7070) or to a member of the Residential Life staff.

PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY:

  • Be sure homeowner's insurance covers your property while at the University of New Haven.
  • Record serial numbers of valuable items.
  • Put an identifying number near the binding of the same page in all of your books.
  • Keep wallets, purses, checkbooks, jewelry out of sight and locked away, if possible.
  • Do not keep large sums of cash. Use the on-campus ATM or a checking account.
  • Keep track of credit cards, and report their loss immediately.

Phone Numbers

University of New Haven Police
(203) 932-7014

University of New Haven  Police Emergency
(203) 932-7070

Emergency Fire, Medical, or West Haven Police Emergency
911

Rape Crisis Center of Milford
(24-HOUR HOTLINE)
(203) 878-1212